reading ‘a story’

Hey, there. Welcome to my blog.

Throughout my posts, I may use a word or refer to a certain event in my life that may confuse you, the reader. So, I developed this section as a cheat sheet to make your reading experience more enjoyable, and I am sure it is nothing but enjoyable. Most items refer to my current Peace Corps service in Lesotho. Also, please know that most of my posts are scheduled to publish a few months in advance. I may write every day, but I am only able to use a computer with Internet a few times a month, so I schedule posts then. Please feel free to leave a comment if there is something you think should be added to the list.

Thanks for reading.

PC – Peace Corps
PCV – Peace Corps Volunteer
LESOTHO – A small country in southern Africa where I currently serve
NIGER – My first Peace Corps post was in Niger, but I was evacuated after six months due to security concerns.
FLOOD – Between Peace Corps stints, I lived at home and my hometown fought a major flood that I covered for the local newspaper. It had a big impact on me in 2011.
BASOTHO – The name of culture in Lesotho and the name given to more than one person from Lesotho.
MASOTHO – A singular person from Lesotho.
SESOTHO – The language spoken in Lesotho.
‘M’E – The name given to a woman in Lesotho, meaning mother.
NTATE The name given to a man in Lesotho, meaning father.
AUSI – The name given to a girl in Lesotho, meaning sister.
ABUTI – The name give to a boy in Lesotho, meaning brother.
BO-‘M‘E – The plural form of ‘m’e. Also the same for ntate, ausi and abuti.
MASERU – The capitol city of Lesotho, also the name of the district where I live.
RONDAVAL – A housing structure
PHASE I or TRAINING – An Peace Corps service begins with an in-country training. In Lesotho, it is called Phase I.
PHASE II – This is the integration portion of service, typically the first three months at service.
PHASE III – An in-service training that happens at approximately six months after arrival in country.
CD – Country Director.

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